Brine shrimp ecology - key stages three and four

This resource explains how students can set up their own shrimp ecosystem in a bottle.  There are then 13 practical activities in this booklet, based on the bottle ecosystem, , which  support the teaching of the following ecological concepts:

• ecosystems

• adaptation to environment

• abiotic factors in ecosystems

• food chains, energy and biotic interactions

• reproduction

• population dynamics: competition and predation

• photosynthesis and requirements for plant growth

• importance of micro-organisms in decay and recycling

• effects of pollution on ecosystems.

Also included are secondary data analysis exercises for extension work and homework ideas with answers.

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This resource is part of Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)